Definition of coney-catcher in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkəʊnɪˌkatʃə/


  • 1archaic, historical A swindler, a cheat, a trickster; a perpetrator of confidence tricks; a deceiver. Also figurative.

    Popularized by Robert Greene and remaining common for 60 or more years.

  • 2dialect, historical A person (occasionally also a trap or a dog) that catches rabbits. Compare "rabbit catcher".


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Greene (bap. 1558, d. 1592), writer and playwright. From coney + catcher.